LAYERING WOOL + LINEN FOR WINTER
... Because linen isn't just for summer.
We often think of linen as a warm weather textile, but turns out it's just as functional in colder months. Constructed out of hollow fibers, linen acts as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in the summertime and warm in the dead of winter. Pair that with wool – which is highly water-resistant and retains heat remarkably well – and you're all set for a blustery snow day.
Speaking of snow days... We've been living in a snow globe since Thursday, thanks to the 'Bomb Cylone.' I've been cooped up in the apartment all week and haven't gotten my "play in the snow" fix yet, so I layered up and ventured outside for a little afternoon fun... I wasn't going to let 3 degree weather stop me. I was thankful my husband was willing to join, though it did take a bit of convincing as he's had to deal with the not-so-fun part of the snow the past few days.
Now you're probably thinking, "Did those items really keep you warm in below freezing temps?"
While it may not seem like it, these pieces actually did keep me quite warm and toasty, with the exception of my hands, which were numb after deciding to toss a few snowballs in the air (the things we do for that perfect photo... am I right?). Mind you, I also had a thermal base layer on, which is pretty much a necessity if you're planning on being outside for an extended period of time when it's in the single digits – no matter what you're wearing. And for those of you who don't live in such frigid climates, these layers are all the more perfect for winter wear.
This boxy wool sweater is one of my latest wardrobe additions. After seeing Natalie style it on Sustainably Chic, I immediately fell in love, and asked my husband for it as a Christmas gift. Constructed out of luxurious superfine alpaca, this sweater is incredibly soft and warm, and its slightly cropped length pairs nicely with wide leg pants ... or in my case, a jumpsuit.
This linen jumpsuit has become a true closet hero. I've honestly lost count of how many times I've worn it since purchasing it last March. Constructed out of a sturdy linen, this jumpsuit is more versatile than I could have ever imagined, and I've really come to enjoy wearing it as a foundation piece, with sweaters and tops layered on top (also styled here and here).
This soft wool coatigan is the perfect outer layer for cold weather, with sleeves wide enough to easily throw it on over a thick sweater. It's not as thick as your standard puffy eskimo coat (obviously), but with the right layers, it holds up nicely when you want to look a bit more stylish in the winter – without sacrificing comfort (also styled here).
Constructed out of 100% wool gauze, this oversized blanket scarf is the definition of cozy. I purchased it last fall with some birthday money, and boy, it was worth every penny. For really cold days, I'll wrap it around my neck twice for extra insulation and warmth. I've also worn this scarf as a shawl on days when it's not quite cold enough for a jacket or coat. Gotta love that versatility factor!
As soon as winter rolls around, you can almost always find me rocking a beanie. Not only does it keep my head warm; it also comes in handy on days when I don't feel like washing my hair or need a break from the heating iron. This cozy beanie is hand knit from baby alpaca and polyamide, and has been on repeat over the last few months (also styled here).
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